- to make too small, short, etc.; skimp
- to treat stingily; stint
Origin: prob. from Scand, as inch(es) Swedish skrympa, to shrink, akin to Old English scrimman, German schrumpfen from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kremb-, to turn, twist, shrink
- scrimper noun
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verb scrimped, scrimp·ing, scrimps verb, intransitive
- To be excessively sparing with or of.
- To cut or make too small or scanty.
Origin: Perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish skrympa, to shrink.
- scrimpˈer noun
- scrimpˈi·ness noun
- scrimpˈy adjective